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Of course, the notion that SPD would deliberately withhold this information from the very person who submitted the original complaint, perhaps as a sort of nose-rubbing tactic, is completely inconceivable, right?
Dom is not a dick for being an American citizen with constitutionally protected rights. Just a real quick breakdown: The cops exist so that when someone infringes on your rights, you have someone to call who will respond and enforce your rights. When a cop is the one infringing on your rights, there is a big problem in that organization. Its like a food bank stealing and hoarding food.
Bailey sucks, Murray sucks, and this was entirely predictable.
Obama's Justice Department will not be interfering with the Democratic establishment's Mayor Murray or his police chief or the SPD.
Party loyalty is everything these days, especially in a city that serves as a financial base for the Democratic Party...justice be damned.
Have you already forgotten the expedient deal the Democratic Party cut with Boeing, the banks and the international union to fuck over the local, Boeing workers and the Washington taxpayers?
Just like their Republican counterparts, the Democratic Party works for the corporations (aka - the banks)...so do the police.
You'd do well to remember your place in their world.
Have a nice day!
Officer John Marion just needs a hug and a friend. He is acting like a bully because he is afraid. He was bullied once, too. And a swore that he would never be bullied again, burying his fear beneath a mask of anger.
The training will involve hugs, and yes, tears.
(Report on the training that corrects this kind of public engagement.)
"Team Murray" hasn't been "snookered."
Perhaps, you have been, and your beliefs about Mayor Murray are simply leaving you blind to the obvious truth.
Shocking, just shocking.
How could anyone have predicted that electing a longtime insider of the establishment would result in an establishment "yes man" as police chief?
@13: No, it's over 9" and uncut.
It really *IS* a big deal when those placed in a position of authority abuse that authority. The fact that it was a very minor run-in is beside the point. The SPD is *SUPPOSED* to be cleaning up it's act, and holding it's officers accountable for their actions. Every time you allow abuses of authority slide, they will continue to slide. Honestly, this was probably minor enough that a slap on the wrist was sufficient... But when the bully's mommy comes out and says NO to that slightest wrist slap, it is a sign of something worse. It is a wink and a nod.
I *want* the SPD to clean up it's act. I *want* fair treatment of Seattle's citizens. I want a professional police force that deescalates and defuses situations.... Not one that is a good-ol-boy everybody covering for everybody club.
And for gods sake. If your own disciplinarian board finds discipline is warranted, let them do their job. As for "lead from below": I have sent my very brief email complaints to the Mayor and SPD.
Are you seriously suggesting that a news blog should spend time reporting on PEARL HARBOR?! We are talking about the attack that happened roughly 73!!! years ago? Youre right! Thats news! I wonder what will happen after that!
Thats all on you man. Read some books instead of this blog if that is what you care to know about.
So what is going on? This is a power struggle. Pete Holmes and Jenny Durkan want to control the police department. McGinn was an obstacle and they worked to undermine him quite successfully. McGinn was slow to understand the public's anger over the issue and never was as forceful as he needed to be. But he was right about many things, including the need for the community, not the DOJ or a mayor, to own this process.
Murray, Durkan, and Holmes are all now in alignment with each other - and with SPOG. With Murray in office, scores could be settled. Pugel had to go because he had offended Holmes last summer with the 28 referral cases for downtown offenses. Sanford had to go because SPMA and SPOG hated his guts, as did Durkan (because Sanford would not fall in line behind her). Whitcomb had to go because he too did not toe the SPOG line. There's a lot more that's happened but those are the ones with the highest profile.
So actual reformers are out. The DOJ, contra to @10, is not actually interested in root and branch reform. They're not for the status quo exactly, but they are mostly interested in changing some of the processes and ensuring they and their allies are in charge. Power for its own sake. Otherwise Durkan would never have signed off on Bailey as chief and letting him purge the ranks and do SPOG's bidding.
I am unaware of this definition of "tough" you are using. I didnt see this officer withstanding great hardship while showing good character. I saw this officer intentionally mislead a journalist about the law, and then verbally harrass citizen. That sound more like bullying than being tough in a manly way.
That includes McGinn, who dragged out and belittled SPD reform for years and only gave minimal compliance. The election changed nothing to SPD reform.
Whoever is in charge of hiring must have “cowardice” and “anger” at the top of their list of priorities. Whoever that person or panel is who do the hiring, they should be fired.
Where is the mayor on this?
Hey, where's the crow eating from all the commenters who pointed to police misconduct under McGinn as a reason to vote against him? What do you have to say about your Protector of the Common Man Knight in Shining Armour Murray now?
Fuckin' Murray, that guy's got so many chits out, this is only the beginning of the twisted shit we are going to see as he goes about making good on his back room political and economic promises.
Bar the city from accepting ANY future or modified contracts with any police union unless there is the following:
1. A civilian head/controller of the SPD, like a Commissioner, who is nominated by the Mayor and renewed every 2 years by the City Council. This person controls all SPD and replaces the Chief as head director.
2. A civilian oversight board who is the final arbiter of discipline. 11 positions. 2 selected by the Mayor and approved by the Council. 1 each selected by each Councilmember and approved by the Council. 4 year terms. Can't be active duty LEO.
3. Remove the authority from anyone in SPD to "undo" discipline.
Don't take items 1-3? Fine. The City is legally barred from signing a contract then.
Could the Stranger get behind this?
HAHAHAHA. Sure you had.
3. yes, undoing discipline is reprehensibe
I don't believe Murray is going to stand up to the police guild, and they obviously believe the same.
So, do you regularly blow SPD officers, or is Officer Marion just a "special friend"?
He could probably use the Stranger's attorneys, since Officer Marion was interfering with the press.
It can also be emotionally more fun.
I disagree that Dom was being an A-hole, and cops are human. They make mistakes like normal people, and Im ok with that. If they make a mistake at their job, like misspelling my last name on a report, I totally get that. I have those sorts of brain farts too. But I've never had the sort of brain fart where I threaten to harrass people(custumers?) at their place of business, misrepresent the law, and claim to have to power to forcibly remove them from public property as though it was my own. THAT is not a workplace mistake. If someone did that to me on the street, I would call the cops.
I will be following this as I have since August 30, 2010. This comes incidentally on the eve of John T. Williams' birthday and annual celebration at the memorial totem and the release of the Documentary The Making of John T. Williams Totem. Go Holden. I have a good feeling about how this will play out.
"While I concur with the disposition, I disagree with the recommendation that the officer receive merely a one day suspension without pay"
And then he cancels the suspension and gives a single training day? If he disagreed with 'merely' a one-day suspension, why didn't he stiffen the penalty rather than do this garbage and essentially let the cop-in-the-wrong off the hook?
Don't let reform get in the way of their true priority: stomping on minorities.
Its even worse than that. The DOJ report was clear on this point; the public thinks the police are discriminating against minorities in their use of force, but they aren't. They are instead beating up everybody. This isnt a case of an otherwise ok department that has issues with its members racism. This is a case of a department which feels totally natural beating the crap out of anyone for no reason at all.
McGinn cared about as much as Murray did. McGinns thoughts were synonymous to the cops themselves. He thought that perceived crime control mattered more than civil liberties abuses and rampant racial abuse and discrimination. Dont forget, McGinn was the guy who put Olsen in charge of the OPA...you know, the department created to hold officers accountable to the public for abuses. He put a woman there that went out of her way to retaliate against PoC's who complained about racial abuse at the hands of officers. That doesnt exactly say 'caring'.
Murray, like many before him, has taken the position "The best way to deal with a corrupt, racist police department is to put more figureheads of color in the department in front of the camera".
Whats alarming about both is that neither seems to have read ANY of the countless academic studies on the SPD and crime in Seattle showing the department has a serious problem with blatant open racism (not bias, not discrimination, open RACISM) towards African Americans, Latinos and Natives, and another serious problem with lack of any accountability.
Seattle is experiencing a drastic rise in meth and heroine use, both of which have been the predominant illicit drug in the area for at least the last 12 years, yet crack remains the primary focus of manhours, funding, profiling, arrests, and charges by the department. Thats right, the drug used by about 4% of illicit drug users accounts for 60+% of police enforcement. Guess what color the meth and heroine users are, then guess what color the crack users are, then guess what color most of the SPD, the SPO, and its management are and youll have come 3 steps further into understanding this than McGinn, and 2 steps further than Murray.
Bailey, 69, who served 35 years in the Seattle Police Department, most recently worked for former Mayor Mike McGinn. He was hired as a consultant on community relations and police changes in June 2012, when the city was engaged in talks to reach an accord with the U.S. Justice Department after its finding that officers had engaged in a “pattern or practice” of unnecessary force.
After leaving the Seattle police, Bailey served as director of security for the Seattle Sonics and then the Oklahoma City Thunder when the team moved there after the 2007-08 season. He also has served as the volunteer security director for Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle.
So your constitutionally protected rights to be on public property and to take picture in public are now known as harassment? Thats really odd. If you dont like have your picture taken, get a desk job on private property. I worked in the pike place market for years, and people took my picture about once every 5 seconds. I didnt like it much. I was in public. They were not harassing me. They were just taking pictures.
That's why everyone has been saying that the officer "harassed" Dom. Harassment and verbal assault are different things. If I tell you Im going to hit you, that's a threat. If I tell you that Im going to follow you home to find out where you live, that's harassment.
An easy way to see why the officers behavior was wrong is to simply reverse the roles. Lets do a test question.
1) Imagine a police officer being told by a civilian that the civilian was going to follow him around and "bother" him when he wasn't expecting it. How long would it take the officer to apply handcuffs to the civilian?
c) trick question they use zip-ties